Pelosi: I will ‘most certainly’ release my tax returns ‘when and if I decide to run for president’

Pelosi spoke just after a Supreme Court ruling that effectively blocked House Democrats' years-long effort to see President Trump's tax returns

Updated: July 9, 2020 - 3:41pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she won’t release her tax returns until she runs for U.S. president, hours after the Supreme Court effectively blocked House Democrats' efforts to see President Trump's returns.

Pelosi, who is second in the line of succession to the presidency, called the high court ruling “not good news” for the president. The Justices ruled, in part, that a New York prosecutor would be able to obtain Trump’s tax returns and deferred to a lower court concerning Congress accessing Trump’s returns.

“The Court has reaffirmed the Congress’s authority to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people, as it asks for further information from the Congress,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement. “Congress’s constitutional responsibility to uncover the truth continues, specifically related to the President’s Russia connection that he is hiding.”

Pelosi, who has served in the House since 1987, and other Democratic leaders have called on Trump to release his tax returns since the 2016 presidential election cycle.

Just the News asked Pelosi if she plans to release her tax returns in the near future.

“When and if I decide to run for president, I will most certainly release my tax returns,” she replied on a conference call.

Presidential candidates, U.S. presidents and members of Congress are currently not required by law to release their tax returns.

Pelosi’s comments were made after she addressed the media with Lee Saunders, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has about 1.4 million members.

Pelosi and Saunders called on the Senate to pass $1 trillion in federal funding for state and local governments, which was part of the $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, the HEROES Act, that the Democratic-led House passed in May.

 

 

 

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